Monthly Archives: August 2012

Free to Sing

Music.  I love music, don’t you?  But, this morning, Noelle told me about two stories where Christians in India were attacked because of their music!  Pastor P. Anjenayulu, in Andhra Pradesh state, was driving with his family, between two villages.  A stranger stopped them and asked them for a ride.  The pastor said yes, and the man got into their van.  But, the stranger didn’t like the Christian songs the pastor and his family were playing, and he started making phone calls.  When they got to the village, a mob of over three hundred people attacked the pastor’s van!  They broke out the windows and windshield and ordered the pastor to hand over the Christian music.

And that wasn’t the first time Christians in India were attacked because of their music.  Back in 2006, in another part of India called Chhattisgarh, eleven Christians were attacked on Christmas Eve for singing Christmas carols!  Then, the attackers lied about the Christians and had them arrested!

I am so thankful I am allowed to sing songs about Jesus any time I want to.  Next time I sing to God, I hope I remember to ask Him to help the people who can’t.

“Dear God, please help the people who love You in India to sing and praise You.  Please take care of them and keep them safe.  And, please help the people who hear them to come to love You instead of hating other people.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

If you would like a printable copy of today’s post, click here: Free to Sing

Silhouette Prayer Card

This morning in Sunday School, our teacher showed us how we can make something to help us remember to pray for Christians we don’t know, like the unidentified woman in Nigeria we learned about last week, who suffer because they love Jesus.  She showed us how to make a Silhouette Prayer Card.  Here’s what we did:

First, she gave us each a small piece of heavy paper that had the flag of Nigeria on it.  Then, she had us draw an outline of our faces on black construction paper.  She told us to draw it small enough to fit on the small picture of the flag she had given us.

Next, we cut out the pictures we had drawn and glued them onto the flag.  She said that once the glue dried, we could use the cards as a bookmark in our Bibles.  Or, we could put the card up on the wall or the refrigerator.  Every time we see the card, it will help us remember to pray for the people whose names we don’t know that need God’s help.

“Dear God, please help everyone who believes in You to be safe.  Make them strong and help them tell everyone they can how much Jesus loves each of us.  And, please don’t let me forget to pray for them.  Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

If you would like a printable copy of today’s project with step-by-step instructions for how to make your own Silhouette Prayer Card, click here: Silhouette Prayer Card printable

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An Unidentified Woman in Nigeria

Do you remember when I told you about Noelle?  She’s my friend who wants to be a reporter when she is older.  She told me another true story this morning at Sunday School.  She’s been studying the country of Nigeria.  Nigeria has been in the news a lot lately because people have been attacking Christians and Christian churches a lot—sometimes, every week!  Once in a while, there is good news that we hear, like not long ago when someone tried to attack a church, but it didn’t work.  Noelle has been researching the history of the violence in Nigeria, and she found one story that made her very sad.  Here is what she told me.

It happened in June, 2006.  A woman in Nigeria met with a group of kids and told them how Jesus had lived with men long ago, and how he had died to pay for all the things every one of us has done wrong, including them.  And, she explained how Jesus came back to life, proving he alone is God.  She gave the kids some things to read more about Jesus, then she left.

But, as soon as she was gone, some men who had seen her talking to the kids came and asked the kids what she had said.  When they heard that she had told them about Jesus, they decided she had to be killed.  They don’t want anyone to talk about Jesus as God.

The leaders got hundreds of people to search for the woman.  When they found her, they attacked her.  But, police rescued her and took her to the police station.  The mob threatened to attack the police station, so the police tried to smuggle her out a back door.  But, they couldn’t get away.  There were too many people in the mob.  Three police officers had been hurt.  And, the police left the woman behind.  The mob killed her.

All this woman had wanted to do was help kids understand how much Jesus loves them.  And the crowd killed her, before the police even had a chance to get her name or find out where she was from.

Noelle said it made her cry, to think that the woman died when no one even knew her name.  But, we talked about that.  And, you know what we discovered?  Someone did know her name.  Jesus.  He says in the Bible that he knows us so well that he knows how many hairs we have on our heads.  Nothing happens that he doesn’t know about.  And, even though sometimes terrible things happen (like when the crowd demanded that Jesus be killed a long time ago), God makes something good come out of every situation.  We just don’t always see what it is right away.

“Dear God, please help all the people of Nigeria to hear about Jesus’ love.  Please be with all of your people, and bless them.  Make them strong, and give them the love they need to forgive the ones who hurt them, just like Jesus did on the cross.  And, please take care of this woman’s family, and all the families hurt by the violence in Nigeria.  Thank you that you know everything about each of us, and that no one is invisible to you.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

 

Parents, for more on the news story mentioned, visit my Parents and Educators page.

If you would like a printable version of today’s post, click here: An Unidentified Woman in Nigeria

Creative Way to Remember to Pray for Indonesia

 

Creative Way to Remember to Pray for Indonesia-Indonesia Prayer Chain Reminder2

I keep thinking about the people who live on the island of Bali, and I asked my teacher if there was something we could make that would help us remember to pray for them.  She had a neat idea—an Indonesia Prayer Chain Reminder.  So, we made one today and put it up on our bulletin board in class.  Now, all of us can remember to pray for the people of Indonesia—every time we come to class!

“Dear God, please help all the people of Indonesia, on every island, to find out how much you love them.  Please help them understand and ask Jesus to be their Savior and save them from all the things that no one else can.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

If you would like a printable version of today’s lesson with the craft instructions, click here: Creative Way to Remember to Pray for Indonesia

If you would like printable instructions on how to make the Indonesia Prayer Chain Reminder, click here: Indonesia Prayer Chain Reminder